Arise

IN these days of rapid change, amid the restlessness of peoples all the world over, one has hardly time, supposedly, to pause, so great seems to be the endeavor for a man to attain the height of his ambition—it matters not in what direction that ambition lies. In spite, however, of seeming human limitations, there is always hope for the active man. He is bent upon exerting every energy to reach that height which he has set out to attain. Notwithstanding all obstacles, and however good it may seem to him from the base upon which he started, it must of necessity be insufficient to satisfy him if that premise be human. All the pleasure and joy of human sense testimony may be brought to bear upon this career; he may reach the goal where he has abundant possessions and wealth; yet he is not satisfied with his achievement. This being so, he pauses to think of the absence of happiness,—why with this abundance he is not content,—what it is that he lacks. Perhaps his thought has been arrested by a present day Paul, who has seen how idolatrous has been his concept and perchance brought to his remembrance the saying of Paul to the Athenians: "Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you." Whatever it may be, he has nevertheless found the opportunity to turn his activity in the opposite direction from his idolatry, to set his affections "on things above,"—to arise. He is earnestly attracted to he higher meaning of life and living and its achievement.

Perchance a man may have attained the position where, in a life of humanly intelligent activity, at the very zenith of his success, sudden calamity overtakes him, and he is deprived in belief of one of his active faculties—perhaps of the very one he considers the most useful and needful. He is curtailed in his endeavors and forced to depend on others. Being deprived of the ability, humanly speaking, to do for himself that which he always has accomplished alone, he now meditates upon his dependence on others. Here again he discovers that the capacity to think is ever present. He ponders, examines himself, and in his self-analysis honestly seeks the remedy. With opening vision such a one finds the hope within that is bound to rise above the bondage of human sense, discovers the cause of right activity, and commences the ascent in thought which leads above the mists to the sunlight that purifies and invigorates. So pregnant with meaning is this small word "Arise," that he flings away his false concept of ambition and replaces it with the true, the real effort to attain the salvation which is from on high.

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